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The 1929 Stock Market Crash

Harold Bierman, Jr., Cornell University Overview The 1929 stock market crash is conventionally said to have occurred on Thursday the 24th and Tuesday the 29th of October. These two dates have been dubbed “Black Thursday” and “Black Tuesday,” respectively. On September 3, 1929, the Dow Jones Industrial Average reached a record high of 381.2. At […]

Why Stock Markets Crash: Critical Events in Complex Financial Systems

Published by EH.NET (April 2003) Didier Sornette, Why Stock Markets Crash: Critical Events in Complex Financial Systems. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2002. xx + 421 pp. $29.95 (hardcover), ISBN: 0-691-09630-9. Reviewed for EH.NET by Gary Santoni, Department of Economics, Ball State University. Why Stock Markets Crash by Didier Sornette is an interesting and thought-provoking […]

Crash! How the Economic Boom and Bust of the 1920s Worked

Published by EH.Net (September 2017) Phillip G. Payne, Crash! How the Economic Boom and Bust of the 1920s Worked. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015. viii +142 pp. $20 (paperback), ISBN: 978-1-4214-1856-8. Reviewed for EH.Net by Randall Parker, Department of Economics, East Carolina University.   Crash! is a part of the “How Things Worked” series […]

The Great Crash of 1929: A Reconciliation of Theory and Evidence

Published by EH.Net (August 2015) Ali Kabiri, The Great Crash of 1929: A Reconciliation of Theory and Evidence. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. xv + 236 pp. $115 (hardcover), ISBN: 978-1-137-37288-8. Reviewed for EH.Net by Raphaël Hekimian, West Paris University and the Paris School of Economics, and David Le Bris, KEDGE Business School. The New […]

The Great Mirror of Folly: Finance, Culture and the Crash of 1720

Published by EH.Net (March 2014) William N. Goetzmann, Catherine Labio, K. Geert Rouwenhorst and Timothy G. Young, editors, The Great Mirror of Folly: Finance, Culture and the Crash of 1720. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013. xiv + 346 pp. $75 (hardcover), ISBN: 978-0-300-16246-2. Reviewed for EH.Net by Antoin E. Murphy, Department of Economics, Trinity […]

A Nation of Small Shareholders: Marketing Wall Street after World War II

Published by EH.Net (July 2013)?Janice M. Traflet, A Nation of Small Shareholders: Marketing Wall Street after World War II. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013. xi + 242 pp. $45 (hardcover), ISBN: 978-1-4214-0902-3. Reviewed for EH.Net by Lynne Pierson Doti, School of Business and Economics, Chapman University Don?t let the frivolous dust jacket fool you. […]

The Federal Reserve and the Bull Markets: From Benjamin Strong to Alan Greenspan

Published by EH.NET (July 2007) Roger W. Spencer and John H. Huston, The Federal Reserve and the Bull Markets: From Benjamin Strong to Alan Greenspan. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 2006. x + 251 pp. $110 (cloth), ISBN: 0-7734-5784-3. Reviewed for EH.NET by Gary J. Santoni, Department of Economics, Ball State University. This book by […]